Starting Running Again

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17/07/2007 at 08:46
I'm new to running started a few weeks ago and managed to do a few four mile runs, totally over-did it and gave myself shin splints.
I rested and these have since subsided and l want to get back out there today, what would a sensible distance be to start back out with to gradually get my body used to the running, 1.5/2 miles?
17/07/2007 at 09:06
I've just started running again too, used to run a lot but two kids and a slipped disc did for the running for more than 3 years!

Try a jog/walk schedule to start off with - you can download one from the RW website which takes you up to 30min running within 10 weeks. It seems a bit slow to start off with (jog 1 minute, walk 90 seconds, repeat 8 times) but honestly it works and you're far better off starting slowly and avoiding injury. I even managed to convince my husband, who was more from the 'get out there and beast yourself for 2 hours and never run again' school of thought!

Good luck!

17/07/2007 at 12:47
Hi Matthew,

you say you had shinsplints - i suffered with this for ages and constantly had to stop running for a couple of weeks to rest - then i went and got a proper pair of trainers - a bit expensive but so worth it as i don't get any now and I can concentrate on mileage.
Also start off at your natural pace and don't worry about speed as you will gradually get faster without realising.
4 miles is a brilliant start - my first run consisted of a mile with 5 stops in it - i was knackered as i had just stopped smoking, 3 years on i can run 5 miles.

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